I Almost Died To Get This Photo

I Almost Died To Get This Photo

A couple weeks ago I decided it was time to order a Lee Filter holder and a set of HiTek filters as well. They finally all arrived on Friday and my friend and I drove down to Davenport, CA to take photos at Hole-in-the-Wall beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and there were a ton of students at the beach as well.

We arrived at low tide, walked through the hole in the rocks (aka the Hole in the Wall), skirted along on the sand, and went over to the other side of the beach. We found a great place to take photos (see the photos to the right a couple), but decided to walk around the other side of the beach as well.

The tide came in and made for some neat waves crashing against the rocks. Unfortunately we didnt get much color in the sky. My new graduated ND filters were able to bring out a lot of color, so Im really glad that I bought them.

I did have some trouble with the filters. They kept fogging up Theyd also get wet and when I went to clean them with a microfiber cloth, it would be smudgy. I ended up taking off the filters just to get a photo that didnt look all hazy and crappy

At the end of this photo-shoot we had to walk back through the Hole in the Wall and the tide had come in. I ended up misjudging things and got swept into the ocean with my camera bag on my back and all my electronics in my pockets/backpack

I got tossed against the rocks for a while and managed to swim my way back to shore. I could have easily died for my stupidity Surprisingly my LowerPro camera bag stayed almost completely dry My Nikon D80, which was at the bottom of the bag, doesnt work but everything else stayed completely dry (including my D300s) Both my work/personal phones were dead but Apple replaced my iPhone4 for free (thank you Apple) The only thing still dead is my Nikon D80 and my work blackberry. Oh well :/

Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/22, 1/5 sec, ISO 125, Tripod
BW F-Pro Circular Polarizer Hitech 0.9 soft ND grad filter, Hitech 0.6 soft ND grad filter, and Lee FK Filter holder

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.